Bridal Beauty Report: The Locks Of Love

Wedding Hairstyle Ideas Straight from the Runway

Badgley Mischka marries past with present for an elegant up-do.

Hair can be a major source of anxiety for many brides. Do you go up, down or both? Before you lock in your look, take some inspiration from our friends at Moroccanoil and their hairstylists extraordinaire, fresh off the recent bridal runways.


The Inspiration:

Inspired by the elegance and sophistication of the 1930’s and with a definitive nod to the iconic style of Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor, hairstylist Peter Gray created a modern romantic look with some interesting twists and turns.

The Look:

“I wanted to create bridal hair that was fresh, cool and simple,” Gray stated. The elements of his look; a cluster of white silk flowers, an inventive twisted rolling of hair with a technique involving, of all things, darning needles and the signature Simpson center part all work brilliantly in tandem to achieve an utterly modern, easily wearable look for brides.

The Steps:

On dry hair with a center part (or slightly off center if that looks better), Gray began by spraying Moroccanoil Frizz Control all over to smooth out the hair. He then applied Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream throughout the length of the hair and blow-dried it using Moroccanoil’s XLPRO Paddle Brush to keep it straight. Getting the right texture for any look is key.

Here’s where it gets tricky, “I placed a comb diagonally in front of the ear, pointing downwards to the nape, and started rolling the hair at that angle. I continued to add in a bit more hair as I worked my way down to the neck area, creating a soft, pretty twist.” This step gets repeated on the opposite side.

“At the nape, I overlapped the two roped ponytails and used a large darning needle threaded with spooled sewing elastic to sew them together. Once they were fastened, I twisted the remaining ponytails below, then overlapped and crossed them to the opposite sides,” Gray instructs.

He then knotted the twists into a chignon and pinned them at the base of the neck using the Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong for some additional texture and grip.

To ensure that this style never looks stiff or too done, Grey added some texture to the roped sections by pulling out some fine bits of hair with his fingertips and adding a little more of the Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong. “It’s a great formula, and sprays out in a fine mist to hold the hair, yet leaves it soft, workable and with a natural shine.”

The finishing touch, and our favorite part, was achieved by Gray placing a corsage-like silk flower arrangement in the hair in a linear fashion following the angular rolls of hair.

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